Did You Know There’s a Telephone Museum in New Hampshire?
There seem to be museums for everything nowadays.
Up in Warner, New Hampshire, sits, you guessed it, a telephone museum.
It's understandable that you might be asking yourself "Why? That seems like such a random type of museum. And why New Hampshire, of all places?" We were wondering ourselves, and decided to look into it.
According to their website, the New Hampshire Telephone Museum was founded by Alderic O. “Dick” Violette, who had an extensive career in the telephone business, particularly in Merrimack County, New Hampshire. During the course of his lifetime and career, he built up an extensive collection of "telephone equipment, including phones, tools, books and related memorabilia." The Telephone Museum, which opened in 2005, features 1,000+ artifacts from his collection, amongst other items. Pretty cool, huh?
The Museum offers both guided and self-guided tours where people can learn more about the history of telecommunications and view this extensive collection. Besides Violette's items, other exhibits include:
...the collection of the Violette & Bartlett families who collectively worked in the telephone industry for over 85 years. Also featured is the collection of Garry Mitchell, another longtime telephone worker from Woodbury Connecticut, as well as gifts received from the public.
Interested in checking this place out yourself? The Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am-4pm from May 1 through October 31. Admission is $7 for adults between ages 18-64, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students in grades K-12.
For more information about the New Hampshire Telephone Museum, you can visit their website here.
In the meantime, let's take a look at some other museums in the Granite State.